Too Derivative (Not!)

So, I’m writing this novel. And in this novel, my main character is reading Hamlet.  Shakespeare’s play is giving me a great chance for Main Character to think about duty and honor and revenge.  After a particular incident, she thinks, “We have a policy against [that] but it’s…” I wanted to say “observed more in the breach than…” but I couldn’t remember the rest of the proverb.  So I...

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Looking for a Love Poem

For my current WIP, I’m looking for a love poem.  Here are the requirements: Must be in the public domain. Must be somewhat obscure — nothing that is regularly anthologized in high school or college freshman lit classes — but see 3 below. Must be by generally recognizable author (e.g., Keats, Shelly, Byron, etc.) May be long, but a single stanza or two must be quotable, to get the feeling of the wild, romantic love expressed...

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To Trunk or Not To Trunk?

A recent article in Romance Writers Report discussed “under the bed” manuscripts (what I would call “trunked” manuscripts – as in, stored in a trunk).  The article pointed out that many authors are publishing their trunked works, using the wonders of Amazon, B&N, and other purveyors of ebooks to reach the audience that their treasured never-sold manuscripts had not yet found. I have five trunked novels —...

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Found It!

After two days of poking and prodding and trying to come up with the perfect first sentence for PLEASANT VALLEY, I have it:  It’s not my fault. Yeah.  It’s only four words.  But when Ashley said them to me, I suddenly understood exactly how to start this thing. Pardon me.  I’m off to write… Mindy, already out the door   Share...

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Pleasant Passions: Book Research

I’m stringing together the outline for a new book, in a new genre (contemporary YA, with no paranormal element), temporarily called PLEASANT VALLEY, USA.  As with all books, this one cries out for some basic research, so that I can define the parameters of the story. In the past week, I’ve researched the following items (in no particular order): Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Timeline of the Columbine shootings...

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